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Greensburg to gain biodiesel plant.

Published on: Dec 10, 2007

Torsten Energy LLC and the state of Kansas has announced that Torsten will build a new biodiesel plant in Greensburg, eventually employing about 20 people. The announcement, made last week in Topeka, was hailed by state officials, including Governor Kathleen Sebelius and House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg…

  • Torsten Energy is based in Wright. It will be some time before construction commences, as state regulatory permits need to be procured. Torsten will partner with Ball Industrial Services to build the 30-40 million gallon-per-year plant in the Greensburg Industrial Park…
  • Torsten will benefit from a package of local and state tax incentives designed to encourage businesses to build in the tornado-ravaged community…
  • Agrium has entered into an agreement to buy UAP, a deal which would make North America's largest agricultural retailer, the Associated Press reported last week. The deal would cost Agrium about $2.65 billion, or $39 per share. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the agreement…
  • Until it is finalized, UAP is the largest independent dealer of agricultural retail products in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, Agrium is a major agricultural products supplier in North and South America, and a global maker and distributor of agricultural nutrients and phosphate products...
  • It is unclear how the deal, which could be completed by the end of the year, would affect the 14 UAP sales locations in Kansas…
  • Farris Harvesting, Edson, joins three other U.S. custom harvesting firms and a Colorado farmer that make up the inaugural class of the "Case IH 100 Owner Club." That means Farris has owned 100 Axial-Flow combines since International Harvester unveiled the technology in 1977…
  • Case IH honored the first five members of the club with a celebration at the Grand Island, Neb. plant where Axial-Flow combines are built. Club members had dinner with some key executives; took a VIP plant tour; and were given personalized leather jackets embossed with the "Axial-Flow 100 Owner Club" logo. They also received special 100 Owner Club decals for their Axial-Flow combines…
  • Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan., addressed members of the media during the Kansas Livestock Association annual convention in late November. He says that, in addition to being frustrated with the Senate's inability to pass the 2007 Farm Bill, he is concerned that no measurable progress on the immigration issue has been made…
  • Obviously, there are hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants that work in fields, orchards and processing plants in the U.S….
  • "This country can process the paperwork on about 50,000 immigrant agricultural workers permits each year," he says. "But the marketplace has demand for 500,000 workers. If you have a crop in the field and you need employees to harvest that crop, and there are no other options, it nearly encourages illegal employment."…
  • Brownback says the U.S. citizens want to see the borders controlled. "But it won't happen next year, not during an election year," he says. "And some folks think this should be part of the Farm Bill. I don't think it should be."